After the celebration, the reality of what independence from Serbia will actually mean.
Montenegrins are coming to terms with the narrow victory of the “yes” camp in Sunday’s referendum.
It was a victory for Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who has been campaiging for independence for a decade.
“Montenegro is, once more, an independent and sovereign state,” he said. “I think it’s a big victory for Montenegro and for democracy. It’s a victory for the force of government, the values of the European Union, for Montenegro and the region in which we live.”
Montenegro’s decision closes the final chapter in the story of Yugoslavia, the federation of six republics that emerged after World War II.
While Belgrade appears to accept the outcome, the “no” camp in Montenegro has called for a recount of votes from all polling stations.